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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Trump's chief strategist to leave the White House

Right-wing media boss Steve Bannon becomes the latest high-profile departure from the White House

Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's former chief strategist, has agreed to meet with Russia probe investigators, according to reports. Carolyn Kaster/ AP Photo
Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's former chief strategist, has agreed to meet with Russia probe investigators, according to reports. Carolyn Kaster/ AP Photo

Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving the White House.

The controversial figure tendered his resignation earlier this month but the announcement had been delayed because of the controversy following violence at a right-wing rally last weekend, the New York Times reported.

Bannon, the former head of right-wing website Breitbart News, is the fourth senior White House figure to leave within five weeks.

The latest controversy involving the divisive former media executive came with the publication of an interview in which he dismissed the possibility of military action against North Korea, contrary to threats by the president to unleash fire and fury on the pariah state over its nuclear threats.

The departure comes less than a month after Mr Trump brought in a new chief of staff, John Kelly, to bring order to the chaos and infighting among the White House staff.